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Eagle Ford: St. Hedwig says goodbye to Mayor Dylla
Members of the St. Hedwig City Council honor former Mayor Mary Jo Dylla during the council’s Dec. 6 regular meeting. The former mayor resigned last month, after moving outside the city.
ST. HEDWIG -- With a heavy yet festive mood, the St. Hedwig City Council honored its departing mayor, Mary Jo Dylla, during its Dec. 6 meeting.
Dylla, who had presided over the council as mayor for the past 12 years, could no longer serve, since she is no longer a resident of St. Hedwig. She offered her resignation last month.
“If I could have found a house here, I would have stayed,” Dylla said. “This is the city I love and I will always be here to serve in any capacity I can.”
Dylla recently purchased a home in La Vernia, but said she has no plans to engage in politics there just yet.
“I am a St. Hedwig resident and I always will be,” Dylla said. “Even though I live in La Vernia, this is still my home. I am just going to enjoy my new home, my grandbabies, and try and help out here in St. Hedwig when I can, so I don’t see politics in my near future.”
Dylla’s story as mayor began more than 12 years ago, when she decided to run for office.
“I remember getting the phone call when I was informed that no one was going to run against me,” Dylla said. “It was then that it hit me that I was really going to do this. That was in June of 2000. It’s been 12-1/2 years, and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. Serving the city of St. Hedwig and its wonderful people has been an honor and an experience to remember for the rest of my life. I don’t know what I would have done without the support of the members of the community and all current and prior council members.”
Also during the meeting, the council:
•Postponed a scheduled hazardous waste program presentation.
•Set Jan. 3 as the date for the next council meeting.
***In attendance: Mayor Pro Tem Dwayne Padalecki; councilmen Francisco Arevalo, David Rakowitz, Susann Baker, and Walter Wyrwich; City Secretary Barbara Pawelek.
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